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NOVEMBER 2014
Family Mass and Prayers for the Dead
ND Family Mass - Sunday, November 23, 2014 at ND
Our traditional Thanksgiving Family Mass is scheduled for Sunday, November
23, 2014 at 5 p.m. in the gym. Refreshments will follow in the ND Cafeteria
compliments of POND. All members of all ND families are invited to attend!
To help us pray for the dead at this Mass, as you enter, plan to add the names
of your deceased loved ones to our basket which will be brought to the altar
with the gifts. As St. John Chrysostom said, “Let us help and commemorate
them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father’s sacrifice, why would we doubt
that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not
hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.” If you
are unable to attend, send your loved ones’ names to campus ministry at (585)
343-2783 ext. 201 or [email protected] and we’ll include them.
Thanksgiving Recess
Wednesday, November 26th26thFriday, November 28th
Monday, November 17th
4-8 PM
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Principal’s Corner
Dr. Joseph D. Scanlan '65
One marking period down and three to go! Time is
surely flying by with the Thanksgiving holidays in sight
and the upcoming Christmas season not far behind!
Coaches and Student-Athletes for your accomplishments in recent Genesee Region [GR] league and
Section V competition:
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Section V Class DDD “Coach of the Year” Rhonda
Di Casolo’s #1 seeded Varsity Lady Irish
Volleyball [20 - 2] team captured the 2014
Sectional Championship – our 10th in school
history - with a 3 to 2 set victory over 2013
champion Bloomfield central. We advanced to the
Section V Class DDD Volleyball final against the
2013 Class DDD Champion Bloomfield Lady
Bombers on Friday, October 31, 2014 with victories
over #8 Gananda and # 4 seeded Alexander in
quarterfinal and semifinal contests. Middle Hitter
Shea Norton ’16 was named the Class DDD MVP.
Mary Bernadette Bochicchio ‘15 and Emma
Francis’15 were named to the Class DDD AllTournament team Our Varsity team advanced to
the Far Western Regional of the state tournament
with impressive wins over Hammondsport and
Honeoye. Our season came to an end on
November 18, 2014 at the hand of Portville Central
from Section VI. Our Varsity team finished the
regular GR league season with an 8 - 0 record and
captured the 20th GR Division I title in school
history!
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Coach Eric Geitner's Varsity Girls [19 – 2] and
Boys [11 - 10] Cross Country squads had
successful regular seasons! Our Varsity Girls
team captured the GR Division III title, placed 4th
overall in the 24 team GR-LCAA County meet held
in Le Roy on October 23, 2014 and finished 3rd
overall in the 2014 Section V Class DD Cross
Country Sectionals at Victor High School on
November 1, 2014. Our Varsity Boys finished the
regular portion of their 2014 GR season 8 -2 after a
slow start. They finished 9th in the 24 school GRLCAA County meet and 6th in the competitive 2014
Class D Sectional race at Victor High School on
Saturday, November 1, 2014. Seniors Anna
Warner, the Class DD Race winner and Dylan Fix
[5th place in Class D] earned Sectional patches in
their respective races. Anna earned the right to
represent Section V in the NYSPHSAA meet at
SUNY Canton on Saturday, November 8, 2014 and
finished 1st for Section V and 7th overall out of 118
runners.
Fall Open House updates: ND students were, once
again, very active in pre-Open House recruitment, as
well as in assisting with our actual fall 2014 Open
House on October 19, 2014 by acting as guides and/or
representatives of various clubs and organizations
open to ND students. A special word of thanks goes out
to the following students for a “job well done” as
student ambassadors for ND: Seniors Joseph
Falkowski III and Mary Bernadette Bochicchio, Juniors
Connor Logsdon and Mary Kate Miceli, Sophomores
Anthony Gugino and Hannah Bowen and Freshmen
Morgan Leaton and Ethan Conrad. These students
accompanied me to St. Joseph’s on Thursday, October
16, 2014 and did an outstanding job speaking to
prospective students about the Notre Dame experience. Our ND Class of 2019 Placement Test will be
administered this coming Saturday, 11-15-14 at 8 a.m.
here at ND. All test takers need to register with
Guidance Secretary, Mrs. Karen Rapone, by calling
[585] 343-2783 ext. 137 or by e-mailing
[email protected] .
Make it a point to check our ND web page “Photo
Gallery” from time to time to view picture updates!
Recent additions include:
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Respect Life Sunday – ND Life Chain
Homecoming Week 2014 theme day pictures
Recruitment at St. Joe’s/ND Open House candids
Faculty Retreat- Habitat for Humanity Service
Fall 2014 Open House
Fall Fighting Irish Sports Team [Soccer, Volleyball,
Football and Cross Country] game photos
Section V Class DDD Volleyball and Cross Country
Championship pictures
Make sure to check our ND web page –
www.ndhsbatavia.com - Photo Gallery for additional
pictures pertaining to news articles published in all of
our newsletters!
Fighting Irish sports fans are also invited to view a
myriad of pictures submitted by Coach Eric Geitner and •
Mrs. Marita Midwick [Casey ‘16] on Shutterfly. Go to
the Athletics tab on our home page and then click on
Sports Photos to check out game shots from all fall
sporting events!
Congratulations to all fall 2014 Fighting Irish
Coach Rick Mancuso's #5 seeded junior laden
Varsity Football team [5 - 4] finished the regular
season on a 4 – 1 run after a slow start and
qualified for the Section V Class DD Conners and
Ferris bowl game with Caledonia-Mumford. The
atmosphere for this first ever night football game
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played on Thursday, October 23, 2014 was truly
electric [no pun intended] as portable lights, made
available through the generosity of Mr. Jerry
Reinhart Jr. of Skyworks enabled us to host a night
football game. In one of the most exciting [and
agonizing] games ever played on our Union Street
field, the Irish were edged by perennial NYSPHSAA
power Caledonia-Mumford by a 37 – 36 final score
after leading 28 – 0 at halftime! Our final game of
the season [also under the lights] ended in a 29 to
24 victory for the Irish in the final Class D Conners
and Ferris Bowl!
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this traditional Thanksgiving time liturgy. Refreshments
will follow in the cafeteria compliments of POND.
Parents of students planning to attend our annual
Christmas Dance [Saturday, December 13, 2014] will
be required to attend a very informative drug and
alcohol presentation by GCASA and the City of Batavia
Police Department on Monday, November 24, 2014 at
7 p.m. in the ND cafeteria. Attendance of parents who
received this same information prior to last May’s prom
will not be required.
ND Athletic Hall of Fame Induction: Tickets are still
available for our November 15, 2014 ND Athletic Hall
of Fame Induction to be held at Fr. Slomba [Sacred
Coach Jarrod Clark’s 9th seeded Varsity Girls
Heart] Hall in Ascension Parish! Tickets are $35 each
Soccer team had another very competitive fall
or a table of 10 for $300. The evening will begin with a
season in a tough GR soccer league [6 - 10 – 2].
We opened post season Sectional play with a 1 – 0 “tailgate” reception at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at
6:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony to follow. Tickets
victory over #8 Mt. Morris on October 22, 2014 in
the pre-quarter final round of play in Mt. Morris. We are available through the ND Advancement Office –
[585] 343-2783 Ext 144. We hope you are able to
advanced to the Sectional Quarterfinal round
attend!
played at Jasper-Troupsburg HS on October 25,
2014 only to drop a hard fought 3 – 1 contest to the
Faith in the Future Capital Campaign Update: We
top seeded J-T Lady Wildcats
are currently in the process of launching the alumni
portion of our current $5 Million Capital Campaign. The
JV Coaches John Borrelli ’86 and Chuck
Tomasewski [JV Football], and Carolyn Babcock silent phase of this year’s campaign has proven to be
very fruitful as we have successfully reached the
‘91 [JV and Modified Volleyball] deserve a great
deal of credit for all of their hard work preparing our midpoint of our $5 Million dollar goal! Stay tuned to next
underclassmen for future roles on Varsity teams at month’s December ND online newsletter for the latest
updates!
ND!
Technology Upgrade: ND Board member Phil Bleier
[Abby ’15 and Dennis ‘15] continues to oversee the
acquisition and installation of additional white boards
and projectors for instructional purposes. ND faculty
members continue to be involved in computerized
ND Campus Minister and Theology 11 Instructor
Alana Schrader organized a very successful fall 2014 grading and parent portal workshops organized by ND
Faculty Service Day on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in faculty member John Deaton.
conjunction with Habitat for Humanity. Our faculty spent
We continue to have a great deal to be thankful for
the day “practicing what we preach” when it comes to
serving others by painting, landscaping and cleaning up at Notre Dame: our dedicated faculty and staff,
coaches, advisors and volunteers, our hard working,
the home being restored at 2 McKinley Avenue in
respectful students, supportive parents, our dedicated
Batavia.
board of trustee membership and our supportive
Our 1st marking period Parent-Teacher conferences alumni. I hope that you will join me this Thanksgiving by
will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014 from 4 – continuing to give thanks to God for all that we have,
8 p.m. 1st marking period report cards will be available not only as individuals, but also as a family at Notre
Dame.
on this date for parent review. Please refer to
correspondence dated November 6, 2014 which
Please know that we, at Notre Dame, are all very
outlines the format of this fall’s conference day. All
thankful for the ongoing support that you as parents
parents are asked to please make it a point to attend!
render us on a day-to-day basis. Your support has
We look forward to seeing you!
played a major role in the recent Buffalo Business
First accolades our students have received for the 7th
Family Mass Update: Mark your calendars! Our fall
consecutive [2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and
2014 traditional Family Mass will be held on Sunday,
2014] year when compared to the 135 public and
November 23, 2014 at 5 p.m. in the gym. All
private high schools in Western New York:
members of all ND families are invited to attend this
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annual form of worship. Please make it a point to attend
Updates on fall 2014 NYS “Scholar-Athlete” teams and
GR/Section V All Stars will appear in the December
2014 issue of the ND Newsletter!
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#1 ranked Private Catholic Co-Educational High School in Western New York
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#1 ranked High School in Genesee, Orleans and Wyoming Counties
• A “Top 15%” Academic High School ranking in Western New York
We are also very proud of the 8th consecutive year [2007 – 2013] that 15 of our 17 Varsity level athletic
teams have earned NYSPHSAA ‘Scholar-Athlete” status [minimum 90% scholastic average of designated
participants in each sport]. We continue to strive to earn New York State School of Distinction recognition for
having all of our Varsity level teams qualify as NYSPHSAA Scholar-Athlete teams. We have come one team
short of this objective in 3 of the past 10 years! Hopefully, this will be our year!
We couldn't achieve these goals without your support, your students’ hard work and our dedicated ND faculty
and staff’s guidance and direction! It is definitely a team effort at ND!
Have a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving! Take the time to relax and enjoy the company of family and
friends this Thanksgiving season.
May God bless all members of the ND Family this Thanksgiving season as well as throughout the entire
year!
We are ND!
Yearbook News
The Mater Dei is currently for sale. All parents
should have received a card from Jostens, our
yearbook provider, with information on how to
purchase the book. The cost is $59.40 for a basic
book (tax included); extras are available for an
additional cost. Books can be ordered and paid for
on jostensyearbooks.com.
Senior parents – please remember to send in a
baby picture of your child for the yearbook. Please
be sure the child’s name is on the back and please
do not send your only copy of the picture. We are
also collecting “Then and Now” photos. If you have
pictures of your child and others from the Class of
2015 during their younger years in school, please
send them with names on the back. We need both
the baby pictures and “Then and Now” pictures by
Friday, November 14th.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
We will be holding our traditional Thanksgiving
food drive to contribute to the Salvation Army’s
Holiday Food Drive. Last year, with 66%
participation, we donated enough food to help 28
families celebrate Thanksgiving with a big
traditional turkey dinner. Your student has selected
an item or two to donate. Items are due at Notre
Dame on Tuesday, November 18. If you prefer,
you may send in a check written to the Salvation
Army to be delivered along with our food. Please
help us make a difference in our neighbors’ lives.
Thank you for your support of the 2015 Mater Dei!
Matthew 25: 34-35: “‘Come, you who are
blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom
prepared for you from the foundation of
the world. For I was hungry and you gave
me food, I was thirsty and you gave me
drink, a stranger and you welcomed me.”
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Hail and Farewell!
Mrs. Olga Babich
A huge “Hats Off” for a job well done and best
wishes for a happy and healthy retirement go out
to a 14 year dedicated ND colleague and friend
to one and all – Mrs. Olga Babich! Many a ND
graduate has benefited from having been a
student in one [or more] of Mrs. Babich’s
Algebra II/Trigonometry, MA 136 and MS 141
classes.
A recent NODAHI article summed up our ND
students’ admiration for her as a teacher, mentor
and friend. On behalf of everyone at ND, we all
wish you a very happy and healthy retirement as
you and your husband move eastward to be
closer to your daughter, son-in-law and new
grandson as they move to the New York City
area from Israel! Make sure to keep in touch and
let us know how you are doing! Thanks again for
all that you have done for our ND students over
the past 14 years!
May God Bless you and your family!
Mrs. Julie Stowell
Notre Dame High School is proud to announce that Mrs.
Julie Stowell has joined the ND faculty as our higher
mathematics instructor filling the vacancy left by Mrs.
Babich’s recent retirement. Mrs. Stowell’s first day of
instruction at ND was Monday, October 20, 2014.
Mrs. Stowell is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College
[B.S. Mathematics Education] and SUNY Geneseo [M.S.
Mathematics Education] and comes to Notre Dame with
nearly 8 years of prior secondary school math instructional
experience in the Alexander Central School District. She has
recently served as Le Roy Central’s “go to” math tutor for
students on medical leaves.
Mrs. Stowell resides in the Le Roy Central School District
with her husband Will, son William and daughter Joelle.
Welcome to Note Dame, Mrs. Stowell! We are elated to have
you join the ND faculty and family!
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Congratulations, Fighting Irish Sectional Champions!
Irish eyes were smiling on the weekend
of October 31 – November 1, 2014 as
our Fighting Irish Volleyball team
captured the 2014 Section V Class
DDD Sectional Volleyball trophy and
Cross Country team members Anna
Warner ’15 - the Class DD Race
winner – and Dylan Fix ’15 [5th place in
Class D] earned individual sectional
patches!
Our Varsity Volleyball team [20 – 2]
defeated defending 2013 Class DDD
Champion Bloomfield – the team that
beat us in the finals last year - 3 sets
to 2 on Friday, October 31, 2014 at
Caledonia-Mumford Central school
before a jam packed gymnasium and a
raucous ND student fan base! This
victory enabled us to participate in
NYSPHSAA state qualifier contests
with the goal of reaching the
NYSPHSAA Class D Volleyball finals at
the Glens Falls Civic Center during the
weekend of November 15 – 16, 2014.
Shea Norton ’16 was named
Tournament MVP and teammates Mary
Bernadette Bochicchio ’15 and Emma
Francis ’15 received All-Tournament
team recognition. Coach Rhonda
DiCasolo was named Section V Class
DDD Coach of the Year.
ND Varsity Volleyball 2014 Section V Class DDD Champion Team
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Row #1: [L to R]: Lexi Gerhardy ’16, Paige Misiti ’15, Zia Harvey ’15,
Olivia Marchese ’15, Maggie McGinnis ‘15
Row #2: [L to R]: Lindsey Bender ’15, Mary Bernadette Bochicchio ’15,
Shea Norton ’16, Rebecca Krenzer ’16, Natalie Moulton ’15, Nichol
Salvador ’16, Mary Kate Miceli ’16, Taylor DiMartino ’16 and Janelle
Fancher ’15
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Section V Class DDD All Tournament
selections included ND team members [L to R]
Emma Francis ’15, Mary Bernadette
Bochicchio ‘15, and Shea Norton ’16 [MVP]
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Congratulations, Fighting Irish Sectional Champions!
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Anna Warner’s 1st place Class DD
finish on November 1, 2014 at
Victor High School paced our Lady
Irish Harriers to a 3rd place
Sectional finish! Dylan Fix’s 5th
place finish led our Varsity Boys to
a 6th place finish in the Class D
race!
Anna became the 1st ND Varsity
Girl Cross Country runner to earn
the right to run in the NYSPHSAA
meet for the 5th time in her career.
This year’s state meet was held on
Saturday, November 8, 2014 at
SUNY Canton. Anna finished 1st for
Section V and 7th overall in the
State meet.
Anna Warner ‘15 - XC Sectionals
Go Irish!
Dylan Fix ‘15 - XC Sectionals
CHECK OUT OUR ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY!
Go to www.ndhsbatavia.com and click on the Photo Gallery link under the News/Events
menu.
Sports fans: also check out the ND Sports Shu erfly page maintained by Mr. Bare Antolos. From
our homepage, click on the Sports Photos link under the Athletics menu.
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Romero Center Ministries: Urban Challenge
Monday, March 30, 2015 – Saturday, April 4, 2015
We have a male chaperone and are ready to
fill the last 7 student spots for our mission trip
to Camden. The estimated cost of the trip is
$682. Seven spots are available on a first
come, first served basis until November 25th.
The Urban Challenge Program is an urban,
service-learning, immersion experience rooted in the Catholic faith tradition. Offering a point of
access to the lives and stories of the people of Camden, NJ, and its surrounding communities,
the Urban Challenge Program is a unique educational and retreat opportunity that serves
mainly suburban high school and college-aged students. The Urban Challenge Program is
built upon four fundamental components: prayer, service, education, and reflection. We hope
that incorporating these components in the UC Program will lead participants to future action
on behalf of the poor and vulnerable.
For more information, see Mrs. Schrader in Campus Ministry.
Angel Tree
Notre Dame families will be providing Christmas
cheer to local families through the Genesee
Orleans Ministry of Concern. The Angel Tree with
tags will appear after Thanksgiving break. Tags
will indicate the sex and one need of one
recipient. We ask that you or your student take as
many tags as you wish and return the tags along
with the unwrapped gift by the date indicated on
the tag. Some tags will request gift cards form
local stores. Mission Club members will wrap the
gifts and deliver them before Christmas. Thank
you for your generosity. Notre Dame is known for
its consistent and generous giving, and it is the
combined actions of our students and their
families that create an overwhelming generosity
that local agencies have come to depend on for
meeting the needs of local families in crisis. Rest
assured that the Genesee Ministry of Concern
expresses their thanks to us all for our combined
efforts.
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Cross Country Teams Participate in Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational
The boys and girls cross country teams traveled to New York City over Columbus Day weekend to participate in the
42nd annual Manhattan College Cross Country Invitational. This meet boasted 475 teams and about 9,500 runners
from 15 states. Races began going off at 9:00am and finished at 4:00pm. Every race was competitive as all teams
were randomly placed into their races regardless of their classification. Our top finisher was Senior Anna Warner who
placed 22nd to lead the girl’s team to a 15th place finish. The boy’s team placed 22nd and was led by Senior Dylan Fix.
While at the meet, the team was able to meet up with alumnus Louis Cinquino, who has been following the team since
his running comeback. Louis had an article featured in Runners World about his ‘Mile Run’ comeback and his visit to
his Alma Mater just three years ago. He is now working on his comeback in Cross Country as he gets ready for a race
in December in Pennsylvania. The athletes enjoyed seeing him and watching the team gave Louis a big boost of
motivation!
L to R: Serena Strollo-DiCenso
'17, Carly Olles '18, Abby Bleier
'15, Coach Eric Geitner, Mr.
Louis Cinquino ‘80, Anna
Warner '15, Shelby McGinnis
'16, Emily McCracken '16
L to R: Coach Eric Geitner, Dennis
Bleier '15, Dylan Fix '15, Jacob Gualtieri
'18, Mr. Louis Cinquino ‘80, Ethan
Fischer '18, Trevor Nellis '18, Bryan
Moscicki '16, Justin Carlson '15
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Thursday Night Lights!
Our October 23rd contest was a classic game of 2 halves as Coach Rick Mancuso’s Varsity Football
team, which finished the season winning 5 of their last 7 games, raced to a 28 – 0 lead over perennial
NYS power Caledonia-Mumford on a beautiful October night for football only to be edged out in
regulation by a final 37 – 36 score! Our Varsity squad finished the year with a 29 to 24 victory over C.G.
Finney from Penfield in a Connors and Ferris Bowl game.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
was a historic date in the
annals of Fighting Irish
football as the first night
game in school history was
played at our Union Street
field! Fourteen portable lights
were brought in to light up the
Genesee County skies for our
final two games vs. Caledonia
-Mumford and C. G. Finney
[October 29, 2014] due to the
greatly appreciated
generosity of Skyworks
owner, Mr. Jerry Reinhardt Jr.
Fighting Irish Cheerleaders
Katie Fischer ‘15, Fiona Beck
‘17, Cindy Sklany ’16 and
Lauren Hull ’17 assisted by
Junior Shea Norton (#32) lead
our ND student section
cheers during the first night
game ever played at ND.
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Heads Up! Keep your Eye on the
Ball (or Pumpkin)!
L to R – Luca Zambito ’16, Lexi
Gerhardy ’16, Hannah Bowen ’17, Riley
Humberstone ’16 (pictured dropping
the pumpkin!) participate in a ball drop
exercise from the roof of ND as Miss
Sheri Girvin, ND Physics Teacher,
looks on.
Juniors make calculations during the
ball drop exercise in Miss Girvin's
Physics class: L to R - Nichol Salvador
’16, Emily Sherman ’16, Jessica
Bukowski ’16, Gabrielle Linsey ’16 and
Bryan Moscicki ’16.
Regional Action Phone (RAP) and GCASA have
teamed up to establish the Tipline—a prevention and
intervention safety net for young people in Genesee
and Orleans Counties.
Concerned adults, teachers, students and friends now
have a place to call 24 hours a day to report underage
drinking parties or other activities that are harmful to the
health, safety and/or welfare of young people.
The Tipline is anonymous, confidential and free. By
calling 343-1932 or 1-800-851-1932 and providing
basic information a difference can be made, tragedy
diverted and lives saved.
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Seniors in the Spotlight
Olivia Marchese ‘15
Janelle Fancher ‘15
as our Varsity libero. Olivia has also been a four year
Varsity tennis letter winner and a three year member of our
Lady Irish Basketball program. She has also been a three
year member of the Shamrock Volleyball Club for Western
Empire Volleyball Association. She has earned
NYSPHSAA scholar athlete status during each varsity
season in which she has competed as well as having
earned the highest individual Scholar-Athlete GPA in
Varsity Volleyball (2011) and Varsity Tennis (2012).
Notre Dame High School is proud to recognize Miss
Olivia Marchese, daughter of Dr. Robert and Terry
Marchese of Batavia and Miss Janelle Fancher, daughter
In keeping with our ND mission statement of “developing
of Edward and Christine Fancher of Albion as our
leaders who serve,” Olivia has volunteered her services
November 2014 Seniors in the Spotlight!
outside of school to the YMCA/Genesee ARC Challenger
Olivia Marchese entered her senior year with a three year Sports program where she has assisted individuals with
disabilities participate in tennis, baseball and dance. She
cumulative average of 98.33%. A member in good
standing of the Notre Dame Chapter of the National Honor has also volunteered on a yearly basis at the Michael
Napoleone Baseball tournament, the Salvation Army Red
Society, Olivia has achieved high honor roll status
Kettle Campaign, the Life Chain for Christian Pro Life
throughout her career at ND. She is on schedule to
Campaign, Vacation Bible School at St. Joseph’s and Our
graduate with a New York State Regents diploma with
Advanced Distinction and 33 college credits as a result of Lady of Mercy and also at Knights of Columbus Pancake
breakfasts.
enrollment in college level and Advanced Placement
courses during her junior and senior years at ND.
Olivia is interested in pursuing a career in nursing and is
considering Drexel, Northeastern, University at Buffalo,
Ohio State and George Mason as possible undergraduate
college choices for the fall of 2015.
Janelle Fancher entered her senior year at ND with a
98.26% cumulative average. She is a member in good
standing of the Notre Dame Chapter of the National Honor
Society, which she currently serves as Treasurer. Janelle
has earned high honor roll status throughout her high
school career as well as the prestigious Chemistry
Achievement Award from the American Chemical Society
and Holy Family Parish [Albion, New York] scholarships for
academic excellence (2012 and 2014). She is on schedule
to graduate with a New York State Regents diploma with
Advanced Distinction in June 2015 along with 28 college
Olivia Marchese ‘15
Olivia currently serves as President of the Notre Dame
Chapter of the National Honor Society and has been a 4
year member of ND’s Student Senate, Mission Club and
Environmental Action Club. Her academic honors include
receiving the highest GPAs in GCC Math 136 [Algebra III]
and GCC Business 110 [Personal Money Management]
and receiving the Elmira College Key award as a junior.
She has also been a stalwart member of our Fighting
Irish Volleyball, Basketball and Tennis programs at ND. A
key member on Coach Rhonda DiCasolo’s current 2014
Section V Class DDD Championship Volleyball team,
Olivia served as a 2 time JV Volleyball captain as well as
being recognized as a two time (2013 and 2014)
Honorable Mention Genesee Region (GR) league All Star
Janelle Fancher ‘15
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our Concert Band, Chorus and Handbell Choirs throughout
credits earned through taking college level and Advanced her four years at ND.
Placement [AP] courses at ND during her junior and senior
years.
Janelle continues to volunteer at Holy Family Parish
[Albion, NY] in an array of activities as well as at Hospice
Janelle has been a key member of our Fighting Irish
of Orleans County and Community Action in Genesee and
Cross Country, Volleyball, Swimming and Diving and
Orleans Counties. She has also participated in the World
Softball programs at ND throughout high school. Janelle is Vision’s “30 hour famine” during her freshman and
currently a key contributor on Coach Rhonda DiCasolo’s
sophomore years. She was a participant in the “Jesus
Lady Irish Section V Class DDD 2014 Championship
Rules” summer 2014 Mission Club volunteer service
Volleyball team in. A three time Genesee Region [GR] all- project in inner city Rochester.
star in swimming and a two time Genesee County butterfly
champion, Janelle has been a mainstay for Coach Eric
Janelle is interested in studying biology at the postGeitner’s swimming and diving team throughout her high
secondary level with hopes of pursuing a career as a
school swim career. She was also a mainstay on Coach
dermatologist. She is currently considering Niagara
Rick Mancuso’s Lady Irish 2012 and 2013 Section V Class University, University of Rochester, Canisius College,
DD Softball Championship teams and the 2012
Saint John Fisher College and the University at Buffalo as
NYSPHSAA State finalist and 2013 NYSPHSAA State
possible undergraduate college choices for the fall of
Championship squads. Janelle has earned prestigious
2015.
NYSPHSAA “scholar-athlete” status [minimum 90%
scholastic average] during each season that she has
Olivia and Janelle are both very respectful, good natured
competed at the varsity level.
individuals who treat others the way they would like to be
treated! They are both well respected by their peers and
The Notre Dame High School nomination for the Notre
teachers and are credits to their families, churches and
Dame Club of Rochester “Junior of the Year,” Janelle has Notre Dame High School. Notre Dame High School wishes
been a three year member of the ND Science Club, ND
both seniors the best of luck in their senior years at ND, as
Envirothon team [4 time Genesee County champion and
well as in the pursuit of their career goals as they enter the
6th place overall in NYS competition in 2014] , the ND
college of their choice during the fall of 2015!
Mission Club and the ND National Honor Society. She has
also been a member of the ND Drama Society as well as
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Inclement Weather School Closing Procedures
Please know that during periods of inclement weather, we will announce our closings as Notre Dame High School. If
you do not see Notre Dame High School appear on your television screen or hear it announced on WBTA [1490 AM],
we are open for business as usual!
Students whose home districts close due to inclement weather are not required to attend classes at ND
on days of home district closings (although many do). However, students are still responsible for
making up work missed and handing in assignments which were due on these days upon their
return to ND.
In addition to announcing closings on WBTA, we also post closings, delays and early dismissals
on our web page calendar (www.ndhsbatavia.com), as well as the following television channels:
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Buffalo area: Channels 2, 4 and 7
Rochester area: Channels 8, 10, 13 and YNN Rochester [Cable 212]
All members of the ND family are reminded to please drive carefully to and from school
during wintry conditions. Start early and drive safely and defensively.
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Life Chain
On Sunday, October 5th, eight Notre
Dame students stood along both sides of
Richmond Avenue in a peaceful and
prayerful public witness praying for our
nation and for an end to abortion. They
were part of a thirteen person strong Life
Chain that included Notre Dame students,
siblings, staff, and parents, holding signs.
Mary Bernadette Bochicchio ’15, Olivia
Marchese ’15, Anna Warner ’15, Joseph
Zickl ’15, Shea Norton ’16, Thea
Bochicchio ’17, Hannah Bowen ’17,
James Zickl ’17, Gemma Bochicchio, Mr.
Rex Norton, Mrs. Theresa Marchese,
Campus Minister, Mrs. Alana Schrader,
and Principal, Dr. Joseph Scanlan were
part of a visual statement of solidarity by
the Christian community that abortion kills
children and that the Church supports the
sanctity of human life from the moment of
conception until natural death. They held signs that stated “Abortion Hurts Women,” “Abortion Kills Children,”
and “Jesus Saves, Forgives, and Heals.” Consider joining us next year for this powerful silent witness.
The Catholic Church locally offers assistance to men and women facing a crisis pregnancy, as well as healing
ministries to women, men, and families hurt by abortion. If you know someone who needs the loving response of
the Church, contact the following ministries:
A Crisis Pregnancy:
Catholic Charities in Batavia:
585.343.0614
Or any local Catholic Charities near
you.
For love and support after abortion:
Project Rachel, Buffalo Diocese:
716.847.2205
Project Rachel, Rochester Diocese:
585.328.3210 ext. 1304
The American Bishops’ Project Rachel
website: hopeafterabortion.com
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Hello to all parents and friends of Notre Dame,
I hope this finds all well and welcoming of the lovely season we are enjoying. I am so very happy to report that as of
this writing, POND is already accomplishing what it set out to do at the beginning of the year. We have had two fun,
informative, well-attended, and productive meetings and we are supporting our dear ND in so many ways. POND
provided some delicious treats for “Parents as Students Night,” helped to clean our building prior to our Open House in
October, and provided information to potential students and POND members at our fall Open House.
Recently, we were asked by Cafeteria Manager Shannon Plath to offer input for the Notre Dame High School Policy
on Wellness and Physical Activity. Typical of POND parents, at our last meeting Gene Schenck and Chris Covel
offered to reassess the policy with me so we could help Shannon with this task. We are excited to be offered this
opportunity and even more excited to see what changes take hold.
At our last meeting, parents stepped up to the plate to offer assistance in so many ways with our existing and new
committees. Kamilla Kabel will be helping compile our lists of volunteers to streamline our contact techniques! Wow,
this will be awesome for all! Lisa Gramlich and Lauri Keeler will be making beautiful cards for our newly established
“Sunshine Committee.” If you know of parents, students, teachers or any other friends of ND that should receive a
greeting from us, let us know and they will get a pleasant surprise in the mail! Lisa Reese will be organizing our
December POND meeting / cookie exchange to make sure everyone has great treats around their Christmas tables.
Pam Gilbert is getting our November POND meeting/social night ready with a location to be announced. Yvonne Peck
will be arranging for refreshments to be provided for our Family Mass and Pre-Dance Parent Information Night. Jody
Nellis is already planning ahead for the United Way Day of Caring in May so we are busy, busy, busy.
Here are some dates to remember: (you will get a call if you signed up to help, but all are welcome!)
November 18 - POND Social/Meeting Place TBD
November 22 – Day of Cleaning (need towels, disinfectant wipes, cleaning supplies and elbow grease)
November 23 Family Mass (refreshments provided by POND)
November 24 – Pre- Dance Meeting (refreshments by POND)
December 15 – POND Meeting and Cookie Exchange
Thank you all for your time and dedication to Notre Dame. We look forward to seeing even more friendly faces at our
meetings. Just come for the company and to get to know each other. That’s what makes our four years fun!
See you soon and God bless you!
Anita Strollo NDHS ‘78
Three Ways to Find Activities and
Athletic Events Information
1) Dial 585-343-2783 and press #
2) Visit www.ndhsbatavia.com and view
the calendar
3) Visit www.ndhsbatavia.com, go to
the Athletics menu and choose
Schedules
Student Attendance Reminder
Just a reminder if your
student is going to be out of
school, due to illness or
college visit please call the
office at 343-2783 ext.
101. If you know ahead of
time, a note can be brought
in.
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Student Screening and Referral Service
Mrs. Liz Riter, MPS, CASAC
Red Ribbon Week
Our Red Ribbon Week activities ended with a presentation by Mr. Justin Randall and his
assistant, Julie. Justin survived a horrific DWI crash and has committed himself to the cause
of reducing the prevalence of DWI. Justin’s Think Before You Drive message focuses on
personal responsibility. See his website www.thinkbeforeyoudrive.vpweb.com for more
information.
Notre Dame students learn more
about how Mr. Justin Randall
communicates and ask him
questions at the end of his
presentation.
Pictured with Mr. Justin Randall
and his assistant Julie are (L to
R): Nic Culver ‘18, Natalie
Moulton’15, Anna Warner, ‘15,
Chris Lemley ‘17, Tyler Prospero
‘16, Bryan Moscicki ‘16, and Thea
Bochicchio ‘17
Pre-Christmas Dance Substance Abuse Program for Parents
November 24th Substance Abuse Prevention Program for Parents 7 -8:30pm
This informative program, required of all parents who have students attending the Christmas Dance, aims to
continue our prevention efforts here at Notre Dame. The GCASA Prevention staff, along with law enforcement
personnel, will be providing information regarding underage drinking, substance abuse trends and the legal
ramifications of hosting underage drinking parties.
The real goal of this program is to increase communication within our families and the Notre Dame community
resulting in a healthy, vibrant student body. If you attended the Pre-Prom Parent Program, you do not need to
attend this presentation.
SADD Blood Drive
Thank you to all students, faculty and friends of Notre Dame who donated blood at our
Red Cross Drive on November 3rd. Our next drive will take place in the spring. When
we meet our annual goal, our students become eligible for scholarships awarded by
the Red Cross!
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Students of the Month Recognition
We are pleased to announce that the following members of our student body have received
special recognition from ND faculty and staff members as “Students of the Month”:
September 2014
9th Grade: Kimmy Keeler
10th Grade: Caleb Wolcott
11th Grade: Cindy Skalny
12th Grade: Anna Spring
Students may be nominated for “Student of the Month” honors using any combination of the
following criteria:
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Consistently demonstrates Christian behavior
Demonstrates positive leadership among peers
Outstanding classroom performance
Individual growth and/or improvement as a student
Overall involvement in school activities
Outstanding athletic performance
Outstanding out-of-school act that merits this type of
recognition
General overall conduct that best reflects the type of
student that we strive to produce at ND
Personal observation of meritorious performance as
a student at ND
Check out pictures on our ND web site!
Recipients of this award can be viewed on our web site (www.ndhsbatavia.com) by choosing
“Student of the Month” from the “Student Life” menu.
Congratulations to our Students of the Month!!!
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Attention Senior and Parents: COLLEGE APPLICATION TIME
All seniors should strive to have their college applications completed before Thanksgiving.
College acceptances into specific programs are becoming more and more competitive, and the earlier
a student has the application completed the more advantageous it is. It is not necessary to wait for
SAT or ACT results to complete an application. I encourage parents to communicate with your
senior to assess his/her progress and whether or not any assistance is needed.
I have met with all seniors to review their high school transcripts to be sure that everything is in place
for graduation. We discussed college choices and application procedures. Each senior was given a
packet of information to assist in the college application process. It provides information on a web-site
to obtain scholarship and financial aid information, tips on surviving the senior year, college application
helps, checklists for keeping on track in the process and comparing schools, and guidelines for
preparing a resume, as well as documentation of the student’s graduation status. This supplements
the informational packet provided at the Junior College Admission Information Session held last spring.
If you have not already done so, please review these packets with your student.
Students who are undecided can use the College Board website to research colleges. They have a
College Matchmaker program which will ask questions about the kinds of things the student prefers in a
college and will then give a list of colleges which meet those preferences. I encourage students and
parents to visit schools if you have not already done so and to talk directly to someone in the
department in which the student is interested so that you can not only compare the schools themselves, but also the programs. While a student may be unable to physically visit some schools, he/she
could research their web-sites and make e-mail and/or phone contact with someone in the department.
I am looking forward to guiding you through the college process and allowing the senior year to be as
enjoyable and stress-free as possible for your family. Please feel free to contact me whenever you
have questions or concerns. I am generally at Notre Dame on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
If I am not in the office, Mrs. Rapone will take a message and I will be in contact with you as soon as
possible.
Nancy Parker
Notre Dame School Counselor
(Phone: 343-2783 E-mail: [email protected])
Information about
College Scholarships
is now online and updated regularly!
Go to the Academics menu on our school’s web site,
choose Guidance Office and then College Scholarship
Information.
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Notre Dame Juniors Offered Opportunity to
Participate in Experiment Leadership
Institute Seminar
This summer, The Experiment in International Living is
offering new fully funded Experiment Leadership Institute
programs in India with a focus on Global Health, or South
Africa with a focus on Peace, Politics, and Human
Rights for students deeply interested in intercultural
leadership, global issues, and civic engagement. These
are fully-funded, six-week programs, including:
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Four-day pre-program Leadership Seminar
in Washington, DC;
Re-entry sessions in Brattleboro, Vermont at the
SIT campus;
Post-program project implemented in
the home community.
The Leadership Institute is for rising seniors who
are at least 16 years old and not more than 18
years old at the time of the exchange;
These programs are fully funded for accepted
participants. (There is no program fee.)
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An energetic, positive attitude
Ability to implement projects that benefit the
applicant’s school and/or community
Demonstrated ability to reflect on learning
Demonstrated potential to follow through with
projects and apply what one has learned to
new projects, initiatives, or plans.
Students interested in being nominated for this
program can see Mrs. Parker in the Guidance Office.
Application deadline: January 15, 2015
Application Materials:
Applicants will be required to submit a nomination form,
essay questions, and teacher references, among other
materials. Applicants will be asked to describe previous
leadership roles, learning acquired from those roles, and
what the applicant hopes to gain through participation in
the Experiment Leadership Institute.
Apply Now.
When you start your online application for admission, on
the Program Selection page choose either India: Public
Health and Community Development (Leadership
Program Eligibility and Selection Criteria—At a Glance Institute) or South Africa: Youth Leadership in Peace,
Because there are only fifteen spaces per Leadership
Politics, and Human Rights (Leadership Institute) for
Institute program, the application process is highly
your first- or second-choice program. (Enter a third-choice
competitive.
Experiment program that is not a Leadership Institute
program. If you are not selected for the Leadership
Who is eligible to apply?
Institute, we will consider your application for your thirdApplicants must:
choice program.) When you reach the Letter of Reference
• Be rising seniors 16 years old and not more
page of your online application, you will be asked to submit
than 18 years old at the time of the exchange
the name and contact information of the adult teacher,
• Have a high school graduation year of 2016
mentor, or coach who nominated you to The Experiment’s
• Have permission from either a parent or legal
Leadership Institute. Your nominator will then be sent our
guardian to participate in the full six-week
online nomination form, which is required.
program
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Extraordinary High
What are the criteria for selection?
Students will be evaluated on the following characteristics: School Summer Abroad
Programs
• Interest in global issues, a commitment to
The Experiment in
volunteer and civic activities, and leadership
International Living
potential demonstrated through community
provides 3-, 4-, and 5and/or school involvement
week summer programs
• Ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups
for high school students
and tolerate the opinions of others
who want to connect
• Leadership potential demonstrated through
deeply and engage
community/school involvement
meaningfully with the
• Good social and communication skills
richness and complexities
• Strong academic performance
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of another country.
Programs equip students not only with essential cultural and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper
awareness of and sensitivity to global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Students explore
the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.
Experiment groups are small, typically comprising 10–15 students who represent a range of backgrounds. Experimenters should expect to learn about the diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds that exist within the US and
around the world.
An 80-Plus-Year History of Leadership and Innovation
The Experiment has been providing immersive experiential learning programs abroad since 1932. Each year, students
come away from an Experiment program with invaluable new skills, connections, awareness, and knowledge that helps
them to thrive—and lead—in diverse, intercultural environments.
Countless Experimenters have gone on to do extraordinary work in the world and attain important leadership positions
in a diversity of fields and professions.
Information regarding the Experiment in International Living programs can be found at www.experiment.org.
Western New York College Consortium Visits Notre Dame
Representatives of sixteen [16]
Western New York colleges
converged on ND on Friday,
October 17, 2014 for the annual
WNY college consortium visit
for ND juniors and seniors.
Pictured are Jessica Bukowski
’16 and Anna Warner ’15
speaking with the Canisius
College representative while
Nichol Salvador ’16 browses
brochures from Niagara
University.
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New Free Website for College and Scholarship Information
SchoolSoup.com provides a wide range of information available to students looking to continue their education
beyond high school. Although the website is new, School Soup’s experience in college and scholarship research
dates back to 1988. It developed one of the first computerized scholarship search programs and currently has a
team of research specialists that add new scholarships to its database every day.
Over the past 18 years its college and scholarship data has been licensed to several Fortune 500 companies on
an exclusive basis. For the first time its scholarship information is now available to the general public free of
charge.
They claim to have the world's largest scholarship database since they were collecting scholarship information
long before most other internet scholarship search companies were created. They offer students both private
and school sponsored awards along with government grant and loan programs. Their search algorithms are
designed to provide students with the most relevant scholarships first.
Students can research SchoolSoup's scholarship database to find scholarships that are closely aligned with their
student profile (academic, activities, major, college, athletics, etc). Also, sometimes there's a quick and simple
scholarship contest or sweepstake that's worth their effort. The application process may be as easy as providing
an email address or filling out a simple form. Just remember don't pay any processing fees to win free
money – watch out for scholarship scams.
Some scholarship contests and sweepstakes that students might consider include:
$1000 GPA Isn't Everything Scholarship
Cappex is awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships! Fill out the application
to be eligible for the $1,000 Cappex "I Don't Want To Pay For College"
Scholarship - Spring! This scholarship opportunity will be available at any
college or university. Applications accepted for a limited time so apply
NOW!
The ScholarshipPoints.com $10,000 Scholarship
ScholarshipPoints.com helps students find money for college. Multiple
scholarship drawings are held each month – you can win just by
registering! Increase your chances or qualify for additional scholarships by
taking surveys, reading blogs about paying for and saving money while in
college, and other easy activities. For more information, please visit
ScholarshipPoints.com
CollegeWeekLive Monthly $1,000 Scholarship
Just register at CollegWeekLive, search for colleges of interest to you and you could win $1,000!
1,000 I am Applying Scholarship
Just tell us that your are Applying for Scholarships. Open to High School Students, adults looking to head
back to school, current college students and anyone else looking to attend college or graduate school within
12 month.
In addition to scholarships they offer college information, online degree programs and career school information.
Information can be obtained at www.schoolsoup.com
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Sat Preparation Class to Be Offered at Notre Dame
This year Notre Dame High School will offer an SAT Prep class for interested students, providing a minimum of 10
students register for it.
The SAT Reasoning Test is a measure of the critical thinking skills needed for academic success in college. The SAT
assesses how well a student analyzes and solves problems—skills learned in school that are needed in college. The
SAT is typically taken by high school juniors and seniors. It is one of the top ten things many colleges consider in
making an admission decision.
The SAT includes a Critical Reading, Math, and Writing section. Ms. Elizabeth Bodine and Ms. Sheri Girvin will teach
the classes.
The classes will meet from 3:30 to 5:00 P.M. beginning February 23rd. The days, dates and times, as well as the
portions of the test that will be reviewed, are listed below.
SCHEDULE
ALL CLASSES WILL MEET FROM 3:30 TO 5:00 P.M.
Mon. February 23rd – Reading/Writing
Wed. February 25th – Math
Mon. March 2nd– Reading/Writing
Wed. March 4th – Math
Mon. March 9th – Reading/Writing
Wed. March 11th – Math
Mon. March 16th – Reading/Writing
Wed. March 18th – Math
Mon. March 23rd – Reading/Writing
Tues. March 24th – Reading/Writing
Wed. March 25th – Math
Thurs. March 26th – Math
SAT Test Dates: May 2nd and June 6th
ACT Test Date: April 18th and June 13th
Program Cost: The cost for the class is $80.00 (eighty dollars) which includes the price of a textbook. Students may
register for the class by returning to the Guidance Office the registration form below with payment. Please make
checks payable to Notre Dame High School.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE:
Friday, February 6th
SAT PREPARATION CLASS REGISTRATION
STUDENT NAME:______________________________________________________
HOMEROOM:________________________
Enclosed is my payment of $80.00 (eighty dollars) for my student to participate in the SAT Prep Class. I understand
that there will be no make-up classes in the event that my student misses a class.
PARENT SIGNATURE: _________________________________________________
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Notre Dame Faculty-Staff Habitat for Humanity Service Day
The faculty and staff of Notre Dame spent a morning at a work site of
Habitat for Humanity of Genesee County on Tuesday, October 14. The
current site at 2 McKinley Ave in Batavia is managed by PJ Riner. He met us
there and coordinated our work for the morning. We spent the morning
building stairs and leveling the front and back yards. Our day of service is
based on the same model we use for our student community service
requirement, incorporating our faith with action. Faculty and staff
participants included:
Row #1 (L to R): Sheri Girvin, Karen Rapone, Glenda Rogers, Nancy Sedita
Row #2 (L to R): Alana Schrader, Lindsay Warner, Megan Musilli, Carolyn
Babcock
Row #3 (L to R): Sharon Korzelius, Kristen Calarco-Gomez, John Deaton
Row #5 (L to R): Jennifer Kleparek, Michael Rapone, Betsey Bodine, Rhonda
DiCasolo, Joseph Scanlan, Eric Geitner
Psalm 127:1
Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain who build.
Unless the LORD guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch.
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Eight ND student Open House ambassadors spoke with students in 5th through 8th grade at
St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Batavia on Thursday, October 16, 2014 with the
intention of inviting them to our Sunday, October 19, 2014 Fall Open House for prospective
students! They did an outstanding job! Pictured L to R are: Morgan Leaton ’18, Ethan
Conrad ’18, Anthony Gugino ’17, Hannah Bowen ’17, Mary Kate Miceli ’16, Connor Logsdon
’16, Mary Bernadette Bochicchio ’15 and Joe Falkowski III ’15.
Connor Logsdon ’16 makes a
compelling point during the
Open House question and
answer session on October 16,
2014 at St. Joe’s!
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Rosemary Flumerfeldt ’15 and Serena Strollo-DiCenso ’17 are pictured giving an overview
of ND’s yearbook – Mater Dei – and school newspaper – NODAHI – as NHS guide Joe
Bergman ’16 and a prospective family look on.
ND History teacher and National
Honor Society Advisor Glenda
Rogers , Guidance Secretary
Karen Rapone, and ND Guidance
Counselor Nancy Parker meet with
prospective students and families
at the Fall Open House information
table on Sunday, October 19, 2014.
Student members of the ND
National Honor Society gave
building tours; clubs, activities
and sports teams were represented in the gymnasium and
prospective families were able to
speak with ND administrators,
teachers, board of trustee
members and parent representatives during our Fall Open House!
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End of season recognition ceremony pictures for all fall sports teams can be found on the
ND web page photo gallery and the Shutterfly sports picture section under the “Athletics”
tab. Group pictures from Soccer and Football recognition ceremonies are pictured below.
Check out our web page photo gallery and Athletics tab “Shutterfly” pictures for Varsity
Volleyball and Cross Country pictures.
ND Senior Football and Football Cheerleader Recognition: L to R: Josh Johnson, Katie Fisher, Lucas Hull, Spencer
Misiak, Rosemary Flumerfeldt and Joe Zickl and families were recognized before the ND – Attica game on Saturday,
October 11, 2014.
ND Soccer Senior Recognition [2] – L to R: Krysta Tomaszewski, Taylor Perzia, Olivia
Clark, Kaylin Young, Abby Lyons, Marin Phillips-Reinhart and Audrey DiMatteo and
their families are pictured at our pre-game ceremony on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
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Homecoming Mass
Class of 2015 members prepare to
celebrate their last Homecoming
mass at ND.
Father Walter Szczesny ’72, the Director of
Vocations for the Diocese of Buffalo, returned to
his Alma Mater to celebrate mass with us on
Friday, October 3, 2014.
Mary Bernadette Bochicchio ’15 is pictured
proclaiming the 1st reading during Homecoming
Mass. Mary Bernadette was chosen to lector at
the Christmas Day mass celebrated by Bishop
Richard Malone, the Bishop of the Buffalo
Diocese, at the Mercy Center in South Buffalo.
Mary and 20 ND chorus students will be part of
this historic mass which will be televised
nationally on Christmas Day on NBC affiliates!
This is a great honor for Mary Bernadette, her
family and Notre Dame High School! Pictured
also are Altar Servers Shea Norton ’16, Father
Walt Szczesny and Hannah Bowen ’17.
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Homecoming Court
L to R – ND’s 2014 Homecoming Week Court selections included Lady Margaret Sutherland
‘18, Lord Nico Zambito ‘18, Duke Anthony Gugino ‘17, Dutchess Thea Bochicchio ‘17,
Princess Nichol Salvador ‘16, Prince Connor Logsdon ‘16, King Joe Zickl ‘15 and Queen Mary
Bernadette Bochicchio ’15.
Homecoming was held during the week of September 29 through October 4, 2014. The senior
class was crowned the 2014 Homecoming Week Competition Champion! Congratulations go
out to all students for participating in a very spirited week of daily theme days and athletic
contests.
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School Breakfast Program
If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!
School Breakfast - Good for Kids and Good for Parents!
For parents with busy schedules, it can be hard to make sure that kids are eating a healthy breakfast before they go
to school in the morning.
Sometimes children aren’t hungry right after waking up, and it’s hard to find food they like to eat that is also healthy.
Also, some kids refuse breakfast at home but are hungry when they arrive at school. Fortunately, we have a great
breakfast program for all students, and it’s available at school every day.
We offer Breakfast every morning at Notre Dame High School between 7:30 and 8:00am. Breakfast costs 1.25 and
includes milk, juice and fruit.
Breakfast Sandwiches with Egg, bacon, and Cheese on a Bagel
Breakfast Pizza (every other week)
Cereal
Yogurt with Granola
Pop tarts
Muffins
Plain bagel with Cream Cheese
Class of 2017 and Class of 2018
Classic Home Candles Fundraiser
Jar Candles are $8 each
Topper and Base are $13/set
Check out the many scents that are available. Order forms are available on
our website – www.ndhsbatavia.com - under the Announcements section
on the left of our homepage or from any Class of 2017 or Class of 2018
member. Orders are due to Mrs. Rapone by Friday, Nov. 14. Please
attach payment with your order. Orders will be filled in time for
Christmas.
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Upcoming Events: November – December 2014
Saturday, November 15, 2014
ND Placement Test for the incoming Class of 2019 [8 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.]
ND Athletic Hall of Fame Induction – Fr. Slomba Hall Ascension Parish – 5:30 p.m.
Monday, November 17, 2014
Parent-Teacher Conferences - 1st Quarter Report Cards Distribution – 4 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
ND Mission Club Thanksgiving Food Drive “Banquet in a Box” contributions/
funds are due.
POND Meeting - TBD
Friday, November 21, 2014
Class of 2016 Wreath and Swag Orders due
Sunday, November 23, 2014
ND Family Mass – 5 p.m. – Gym. All members of all ND families are welcome
to attend!
Monday, November 24, 2014
GCASA sponsored Drug and Alcohol Awareness session Required for parents of
Christmas Dance attendees – 7 p.m. ND Cafeteria.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Last Day of Classes before Thanksgiving Vacation
Class of 2015 Poinsettia orders due
Wed. - Fri, Nov. 26 - 28, 2014
Thanksgiving Recess - School not in session
Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Class of 2015 Poinsettia Order Pickup @ ND [3 – 4:30 p.m.]
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Winter Instrumental-Vocal Concert - Gym - 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Class of 2016 Wreath and Swag Pickup @ ND [3 – 4:30 p.m.]
Monday, December 8, 2014
Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass - 1:30 p.m.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Midpoint of the 2nd Marking Period
December 2014 ND Newsletter posted online
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Student Senate Christmas Dance
Monday, December 15, 2014
POND Meeting - TBD
Friday, December 19, 2014
Advent Mass for Students and Faculty – 8:30 a.m.
Last day of classes before Christmas recess
Mon.-Fri., 12/22/14 – 1/ 2/15
Christmas Recess – Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Please check out our website [www.ndhsbatavia.com] calendar for additional dates including Fighting Irish
sporting events to include holiday tournaments!
ND Pride is Contagious – Catch it!
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